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NPS Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

National Park Service

Every November during Native American Heritage Month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and our partners share history and the continuing culture of America’s indigenous peoples.

Gateway Arch National Park Accepting Photos for 55th Birthday

National Park Service

As the tallest monument in America marks its 55th birthday on Wednesday, October 28, the public is invited to submit their best personal photos of the Arch for inclusion in a 55th birthday commemorative collage that will become available digitally, the National Park Service said.

Photos must include the Gateway Arch and cannot include graphic or offensive material.

Scientists Discover New Reptile Species Fossil at Petrified Forest NP

National Park Service

Fossils discovered at Petrified Forest National Park, located in Arizona, reveal a new reptile species.

The new species, named Skybalonyx skapter, is a 220 million-year-old burrowing reptile known as a drepanosaur.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Joins National Park System

The National Park Service

The National Park Service added the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial as America's 420th unit of the National Park System, the National Park Service announced Sept. 18.

The memorial honors Eisenhower’s legacy as the World War II Supreme Allied Commander and nation's 34th president.

Gulf Shores National Seashore Reopens Following Hurricane Sally

The National Park Service

Gulf Islands National Seashore, located in Florida and Mississippi, reopened day use areas, the National Park Service announced.

Crews were able to complete assessments at the Davis Bayou Area of the park and debris has been cleared following Hurricane Sally. Operations will resume under the parks COVID- 19 Phase II operations.

Yosemite National Park Closed Due to Smoke and Hazardous Air Quality

the National Park Service

The National Park Service closed Yosemite National Park, located in California, to all visitors and vehicular access due to significant smoke impacts and hazardous air quality throughout the park.
The park will continue to assess the smoke impacts, air quality index, and fire activity throughout the region. Yosemite National Park will reopen when conditions improve, NPS said.

Kings Canyon Park Closed Due to Smoke and Poor Air Quality

The National Park Service

The National Park Service closed Kings Canyon National Park, located in California, to all visitors due to significant smoke impacts and hazardous air quality throughout the park, the park service said.
With air quality projected to be in the unhealthy to hazardous range over the next several days, the park anticipates the closure to be in effect at least through the weekend. Kings Canyon National Park will reopen to visitors when conditions improve, and it is safe for visitors and employees.

Entire Sequoia National Park Closed Due to Fire

The National Park Service

The National Park Service closed Sequoia National Park in response to the Castle Fire, the park service announced.
Many park staff have been evacuated from the area and for visitor and resource protection, park managers have decided to close all entrances to Sequoia National Park.  

Yellowstone Fire Danger Raised to Very High

National Park Service

The fire danger at Yellowstone National Park is officially VERY HIGH, the National Park Service said.

There are no currently no active woodland fires in the park, nor is there any fire restrictions in place.

Annual NPS Storytelling Event Moved Online for 2020

National Park Service

Celebrate the National Park Service’s birthday with storytellers who tell the stories of these special places and spaces.

This year’s event will be moved ONLINE to the park’s social media platforms. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we will feature past recorded storytelling events with female storytellers.

Backcountry Camping Closure at Lassen Volcanic NP Expands

The National Park Service

The National Park Service expanded the area in California's Lassen Volcanic National Park closed backcountry camping due to human-bear interactions, the agency announced.

Bighorn Canyon Boat Launch Open but Swim Beach Closed

The National Park Service

The marina and boat launch in Bighorn National Recreation Area are open but the swim beach remains closed, the National Park Service said.

Crow Tribal Chairman AJ Not Afraid has extended the Tribe’s stay at home order through August 31 given concerns about the impacts of the coronavirus on the Crow Reservation.

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